Shutter Bugs

A blogger on her own already draws enough attention. Shooting pictures in the street (especially when you’re doing “detail shots”…it just looks weird) creates enough of a spectacle on its own to make people take notice.

So try throwing four bloggers together for brunch. Especially in a particularly “colourful” area of East Van…not only would the group’s camera-happy members draw attention anywhere with our flash photo shoot, but where we were hanging out, lots of the “locals” will try to get in on the action too. I’m not one to judge (that’s a joke), but if someone comes stumbling out of an alleyway and proceeds to sway on the spot as they stare at us, I will not feel too inclined to hand over my SLR so that they can “take a proper picture” of all of us.

The absolute highlight of my bloggerathons though: seeing my lovely blogettes. Two of my faves: Peter and Lily.

And my girl Matina (aka BP)! Love her necklace! Also, it’s her birthday today – her Twitter handle is @angela_matina if you want to give her birthday wishes!

Club Monaco scarf, Twenty8Twelve leather jacket, bag c/o Mary Nichols, shoes c/o Converse, bfrend bracelet

I did a casual brunch look loosely based on this Olivia Wilde outfit that’s been floating around the net. I got these Chucks at the Converse press review I went to the other week and love them! I used to have five pairs in rotation and somehow lost them all in my move from Victoria to Vancouver a couple years ago. So happy to be reunited with the classic and always effortlessly cool style!

You know what I’ve never understood? People who are too insecure to hang out with really, really, ridiculously good looking people (by that I mean people who just have some striking aspirational qualities).
I love that every single one of my friends is beautiful inside and out, stylish and cool (well, a few of my non-blogger friends aren’t as crazy about dressing up all the time, but the other two factors are constants). Why wouldn’t you want to surround yourself with people who are inspiring and who make you want to try a bit harder? 
The above three are definitely some of the most beautiful and uniquely stylish people I know, and I’m definitely always in awe of them. If you haven’t checked out Peter, Lily or Matina’s blogs yet…theeeen…you should. You will be endlessly inspired, both by their words and their images! 
I’ve realized as I’m prepping for my move that I’m truly spoiled here in Van with all my amazing blogger friends. Hope I get to meet some new bloggers when I’m in Toronto, though I will definitely miss the family we have here!
In other news…I’m less than a week from being done my journo program…forever! And then it’s my birthday on the 10th, hallelujaaaaaaaaaah!!! Long live April, so happy the winter is finally behind us, spring is always such a happy time of year for me!
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  1. 4.4.12

    you look amazing! this sounded like a great gathering! I admit it does get a bit awkward doing detail shots in public..esp when people stop and stare! ;P
    xo, Tina

  2. 4.4.12
    Slava said:

    Hehe.. Yup, you don't hand your camera to anyone – that's something I learned the hard way.

    I love how different your styles are – it's like skillful mixing of patterns 😛

  3. 4.4.12

    love this, you guys are attracting attention – but the good kind hehe


  4. 4.4.12
    becks said:

    love these photos! so fun!

  5. 4.4.12

    I love all of your casual-chic outfits! I used to live in East Van. Someone was murdered a block away from where I lived. Not a safe area! I'm glad you had company!

  6. 4.4.12

    i think people with cameras always draw attention cause othe people thinks maybe someone famous i being shoot! hahahhahahahaha
    And yes, you have some fancy stylished friends 😉


  7. 4.4.12

    You all look seriously fantastic! Your description of the photoshoot made me laugh- I have absolutely been there! Always a little strange….

  8. 4.4.12

    My birthday is in April too! Best month evaaah! I love these photos alaxandra 🙂 I wish I met up with my fellow local bloggers. There are so many events beeing held, but I can barely ever go due to my busy college schedule and I hate it! x

  9. 4.4.12

    lovely photos! fab outfits! great fellow bloggers!

    xoxo, andie
    Fashionista's Pick

  10. 4.4.12

    Gorgeous shots!! You all look gorgeous, of course! I have so many incredibly gorgeous friends on the inside and outside and that's very inspirational. I like to put effort into how I look, obviously, and it makes sense that birds of a feather would hang out together!
    I love the maxi dress and converse, so cool and casual and awesome. Perfect for brunch!!

  11. 4.4.12

    wow beautiful photos and love all these outfits 🙂

  12. 4.4.12

    You all are seriously gorgeous and so stylish. You must be getting so excited for everything that's coming up… April and May seem like they will be crazy/busy/fun for you!

    xo, alison*elle

  13. 4.4.12
    Elisabeth said:

    I'm happy for you that you are so close to being done with your program! It must be a relief! It looks like you had a great time together. I understand, I also have some friends that really think about their style, and others that don't care at all. I think everyone just needs to be true to oneself, and that will make them happy. Of course it's nice to notice sometimes that there are actually similar minded people around. I think it's amazing to see that they actually exist all around the world, actually! 🙂
    Concerning your comment on my blog, me too, I'm excited about the chocolate! Here actually some supermarkets have run out of regular eggs and chocolate eggs due to the high demand, haha. Let's hope they get some more before Friday when it's holiday here and the supermarkets are closed. This week has been stressful but tomorrow is the last workday for this week so I can't complain! 🙂 And I've taken this week as a challenge so I think I've learned a lot! I've been working as a sostitute this week for our PR coordinator.

    E from Helsinki

  14. 4.4.12
    Naina said:

    Ahhh a whole GROUP of crazy people on the street taking photos?! Love it. I always get the weirdest stares – most native New Yorkers have seen street style being shot before but it's always the tourists who stop and gawk. So awkward.

  15. 4.4.12

    Well, look at y'all!!! The BEST looking bunch on the block…how can one not stop and stare ;D Gorgeous ensemble hun…love the minty tidbits, great transitional look! What I wouldn't give to be brunching in BC right now! I used to visit so often when I lived in Portland…ahhhh memories!

    Thanks for visiting and leaving such awesome comments, hope to see you back soon!

    Peace. Love. LOL!


  16. 4.4.12
    t said:

    Great outfit! Love the Converse!

  17. 4.4.12
    Wren said:

    You have such stylish blogger friends. I love the converse with this outfit. You look awesome.


  18. 4.4.12

    Olivia Wilde looks amazing in that look, as do you! I love it!!

  19. 4.4.12

    Hey! I just found your blog and I think it's pretty amazing, well structured and with a lot of inspiring posts:)
    If you want we can follow each other, I would be very glad to have you as my new friend!


  20. 4.4.12

    Totally agree with the first paragraph. The first shot is so cute, looks so fun!! I love your leather jacket. Follow each other?


  21. 4.4.12
    Georgi said:

    I love your blog, this post is awesome. Love the lace dress in the post below too!! 🙂 All your friends look gorgeous 🙂 will definitely check out their blogs.

    I'd love if you could visit my blog, maybe we could follow each other? 🙂

    Georgi at 7wonders
    New outfit post! xx

  22. 4.4.12
    Mia M. said:

    you guys look amazing!!!

    participate in my Shapewear GIVEAWAY !!!


  23. 4.4.12

    You are making me wish I had blogger friends in my city so badly! I'm so jealous right now. 😛

  24. 4.4.12
    Heather said:

    Love all the photos! It's so true the looks I get even taking photos in my own neighborhood are so weird. I love the stripped pants! And your mint green scarf!

  25. 4.4.12
    isa said:

    you guys look great! beautiful pictures !


  26. 4.4.12
    Jenny Ong said:

    Such fun pictures! You all looked so beautiful 🙂 (even the guy haha).

  27. 4.4.12

    You look great!


  28. 4.4.12
    Jacquelyn said:

    Beautiful photos, looks like such a fun blogger meetup! Love Lily and Peter's blog. It's always difficult to take photos in busy areas without people staring at us weirdly!

    XO J

  29. 4.4.12
    Marisa said:

    Love that first photo, it's so classic fashion blogger! It's wonderful that you have such a great group of blogger friends here. I'm sure you'll make a bunch more in Toronto! Your outfit is adorable too, I've got to try a maxi skirt with Chucks.


  30. 4.4.12
    Julye said:

    very nice pictures – you all look gorgeous ;)!!

  31. 4.4.12
    Sam said:

    You have one stylish group of friends! Love how this post shows off each of your unique and eclectic styles – all of which are amazing. You so stylishly pulled together this outfit, sneakers and a maxi skirt have never looked this good!

  32. 4.4.12

    I don't think there could be four more goodlooking and stylish people out there. Of course you attracted attention! You are all fabulous!
    It's inspirational to see a young group of people so well pulled together.

  33. 4.4.12
    Amy said:

    You guys looks so awesome! That necklace is insane! Yeah, I don't think I would have handed my camera over either…


  34. 4.4.12

    looks like so much fun!! everyone looks fabulous 🙂

  35. 4.5.12
    Well... said:

    You all look fabulous! I'm so jealous you get to hang out with other bloggers…haha, sometimes I feel awkward being the only one around here that's into this blogging business.
    And I had to laugh at the awkwardness of taking detail pictures. Yeaaaah, some people may not understand that photo is to get a better closeup of your necklace, not your chest…haha! xD Those are always weird to take in public.
    Anyway, this outfit you're rocking is spectacular! Love the mint scarf and unexpected Converse with the skirt. <3

    Trendy Teal

  36. 4.5.12

    You guys look like you had a great time! Your chucks and maxi dress combo are just too cute, I feel like I haven't seen you wear "comfy chic" before and it looks good 🙂 Yeah, Matina's necklace is pretty awesome..reminds me of a Dannijo piece!

  37. 4.5.12
    Cee said:

    You four are seriously the most gorgeous group, pally, and I love the way your styles are all different and yet complimentary at the same time. The first photo of you all checking Matina's camera is just priceless 🙂 I love seeing you wear your new Chucks with a dress – I've been trying to think of things to wear with mine that aren't skinnies and a maxi just may be the answer.

    This post is giving me pre-separation separation anxiety, though. I can't believe how soon you're leaving us! Hope I'll get to see lots of your beautiful face before then 🙂

  38. 4.5.12

    Lovely photos and style you all…… 😉

  39. 4.5.12
    Jackie said:

    What a gorgeous group of friends! My friends and I always get those same looks when we shoot together. Looks like you all had a blast. I'm sure you'll find some blogger friends in Toronto too. <3

  40. 4.5.12
    Katie said:

    So many exciting things going on for you as of late! I am always jealous that you have other bloggers to hang out with and you were all crazy stylish! I know you will find plenty of new faces in Toronto, but you'll still miss your friends!

    Katie- Hems For Her

  41. 4.5.12
    Danie said:

    love our outfit! i really like how you wore smeakers with you dress! looks amazing!

  42. 4.5.12

    what a stylish crew!!!!! 😉

  43. 4.5.12

    Congratulations on nearly being done. And happy birthday for the 10th! Mine is in April too (the 27th). April babies are the best!

    I love this outfit with the chucks. They're the perfect addition to a brunch ensemble.

  44. 4.5.12
    Kaitlin said:

    looks like so much fun!
    and i love all of the looks so stylish

    xo kaitlin

  45. 4.5.12
    monica said:

    vancouver has some of the most stylish bloggers around!!

    love your maxi dress

  46. 4.5.12
    Selene said:

    i want to thank you for the compliment but i really don't think to be so capable! maybe just nice photos but a book it's too important!
    next week Vanity Fair – Traveller (italy) is going to print my London reviw… about Dukes hotel!
    Hope to do more with them!

  47. 4.5.12

    the photos are great! yes it's true, taking photos on the street may cause strange looks from some people. But i normally don't take detail shoots, I just take normal photos and use gimp to zoom to the details!

    xxx Anita

  48. 4.5.12

    Great pics :), love your dress !

  49. 4.5.12

    Great post – you all look fantastic and it sounds like such a fun day. Especially love that very first picture. Have a great Easter break!

    Emma xo

  50. 4.5.12
    Dora said:

    You all look fantastic!

  51. 4.5.12

    Such pretty ladies! Love that scarf color and the pleats in that longer skirt!


  52. 4.5.12
    Ramona said:

    Oh, You lucky girl. I wish I had bloggers with whom meet, chat and have great photoshoots like this. Yeah, my small town girl blogger life aspect is boring, but gosh, It's absolutely truth that there's not a chance to escape some curious people and sometime even The Looks,yet I have to used to that. I'm still so surprised when people say they know us (my bf&me) because of photoshots and always looking stylish. I would never imagine that.Alexandra, you all are so fabulous looking all together, so stylish and beautiful blogger friends,just blind couldn't not see how great you all looking. Fist photo is just perfect!

    xoxo Ra

  53. 4.5.12
    Leah said:

    Love the mint scarf! Happy Easter weekend!

  54. 4.5.12
    QT said:

    very cute!

  55. 4.5.12
    Heather said:

    I need some local blogger buddies! Too fun! I love that you paired those casual shoes with the outfit… you are so good at keeping your looks low key, casual, and fabulous 🙂


  56. 4.5.12

    super cute outfit love the converse!!


  57. 4.6.12
    MizzJ said:

    Aww you guys are all gorgeous! I love Peter and Lily's blogs, they always have such inspirational style.

  58. 4.6.12
    Joyce said:

    I love all the outfits, such a stylish group of friends 🙂 Your outfit is really great, the scarf adds the perfect amount of color to the casual, cool outfit.

  59. 4.6.12
    jamie said:

    yes indeed you all are good looking with superb style! sounds like you had fun!! ahh, we need an international bloggers day 😉 hope you had a pretty good week darling <3 my spring break is over now, booo!! back to life i go. eh. anywho! hope all is well darling face <3 xx!!!


  60. 4.6.12

    What an exciting time for you! You all look so chic. I can relate to having weird looks and unwanted interactions with onlookers. Just yesterday a guy stopped riding his bike to ask if he could "get a shot" during my photoshoot.

  61. 4.6.12
    Leonie said:

    These pictures are great (especially the first one!) – it looks like you guys had a lovely time together. Oh East Van, you gotta love the crowd there! Wonder how the pictures would have turned out if that person had taken them for you (and given back the camera) 😉

    Love how you styled your outfit inspired by Olivia Wilde, it looks great! Makes me reconsider buying Converse for this summer. I have never had a pair!

    Hope you'll have a lovely Easter weekend xo

    Wall Of Music

  62. 4.6.12

    Looks like so happy time together..That's so fun 🙂

  63. 4.6.12
    Jo Bao said:

    I love how you include some of your friends in your posts 🙂 most of my friends don't really blog, I'm trying to persuade them to try it!!

    I really like your outfit here, pairing up converse with maxi dress!

    I hope you have a great Easter weekend!!

    Jo Bao ♥

  64. 4.6.12
    Sevan said:

    I love that scarf! and matina's necklace and pants are so cute

  65. 4.6.12
    Megan said:

    Everyone looks great and I LOVE this photo location. I agree, it's definitely weird when people catch you taking outfit photos… especially when you aren't with anyone except a tripod 😀

    Love that mint colored scarf!

    Have a great weekend 🙂

  66. 4.6.12

    everyone looked so chic and its fun to have blogger gathering.

    Thanks for the sweet comments and visit us again soon.



  67. 4.7.12

    fab four!!!! what a super fun looking day and it's awesome you all are bloggers – sure makes picture taking less awkward. it seems when i'm with pals and pull out the camera there tends to be some eye rolling and gosh it kills me cos i really get excited to take pics. this day looked perfection and you all are so casual chic it's inspiring me as i get ready for a sunny Saturday stroll. suh-weet share Alex!!! xo ♥

  68. 4.13.12

    Gorgeous "gang"! Love when blogger friends get together and join forces! I can totally relate with the eye rolling that we bloggers get when taking photos. It was really hard to get used to especially in the beginning but I just ignore the weird looks now! 🙂

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